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The Dispossessed - Ursula K. Le Guin The Dispossessed is Le Guin's view of an anarchist utopia. And yet, it isn't exceptionally creepy or too horribly far-fetched. That's because her utopia isn't a completely perfect society where everyone is equally happy. It's just better.

We see both Anarres (the anarchist society) and Urras (the not really veiled at all analog of America) through the eyes of Shevek, a particularly thoughtful scientist. He's a good narrator, because he is thoughtful and likeable, though flawed and usually naive. Sure, the plot is the weakest part of the book, but this seems to have been intended as the author's idea of how an anarchist society left to its own devices would fare after a century, and not as a plot-heavy work of SF. And because it is an unusually thoughtful novel of ideas, it did work for me. And, of course, beautifully written. Not many authors would take the time to add in a convincing love story, like the one between Shevek and his wife.